Frequently Asked Questions
What safety measures does FOCUS use to protect its mentors?
- With the support of Boulder County Jail and 20th Judicial Probation Department, FOCUS reentry has created key policies that provide volunteers mentors with additional protection. For instance, when clients are released from jail all volunteer mentors are provided a cell-phone to give their clients without breaching personal identity security. At FOCUS we only introduce each other by first name and your personal information is never revealed. Additional policies and protocols are discussed in training.
Is there an age requirement to be a mentor?
- Yes, you must be at least 25 years old to serve as a mentor. FOCUS Reentry offers additional volunteer opportunities for individuals under the age of 25 years old.
Do I need training to be a mentor?
- Yes, FOCUS will provide 20 hours of training, which include Policies and Protocol, Jail Orientation, Learned Helplessness to Resilience, Motivational Interviewing, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse training. There is an extensive training program.
How long would I mentor for?
- Typically, mentor matches lasts for 1 year.
What if the relationship doesn’t work out? The chemistry is off.
- As this is a volunteer program, either mentor or client or both can determine the relationship should end. There is a simple process. You will work with FOCUS staff and determine if you would like to be re-matched with a new client.
How do I choose a client?
- FOCUS staff receive mentor requests from the jail. Clients meet with the FOCUS Program Manager and, then are assigned a mentor of the same gender.